England secured a memorable 2-1 series victory in December to record their first win in India since 1984 – the same year the tourists were last successful in a one-day international series in the country.
With Alastair Cook’s side going 1-0 up in the current ODI encounter, the Nottinghamshire all-rounder feels valuable lessons can be taken from that result.
“The Test series win was outstanding,” said Patel. “It took a lot of courage, desire and hard-work and I think it is technically the same here.
“It is going to be good apart of [if England win]. I think we can achieve it, if we stay calm and level-headed and take each game as it comes.”
However, the 28-year-old knows that one loss does not define a team and insists the MS Dhoni’s side are still a tremendous outfit.
“They play good one-day cricket around the world especially here where they dominate cricket,” added the all-rounder. “They have got a good formula, which is hard to play.”
Patel was the only player to play in each match of the two 5-0 drubbings in 2008 and 2011 with England, frankly, looking out of the depth in alien conditions.
It is no surprise, therefore, he is keen to applaud his team-mates, who have seemingly overcome their spin demons through winning the Test series and the opening ODI in Rajkot – both of which he was a part of.
“I think the way we have learnt to play their spinners is outstanding,” he said, adding,
“We’ve hard tours where we’ve struggled and but it goes to show if you put in the hard yards you learn and you will get the rewards.”
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